Test And Tag Course Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions we are asked. (click on the orange cross to expand)
Send us an email if your question is not covered here.
TEST AND TAG COURSE GENERAL QUESTIONS
No formal qualifications or electrical training is required as we will teach you what is required. Most of the electrical theory is of a basic level. We are confident you will pick it up fairly quickly however our tutors are aware some students may not have a technical background so they are more than happy to explain the concepts in terms you will understand and go at a suitable pace.
No. This is simply because there is no registration or licensing system for test and tag technicians in Australia.
Click for more about the great test and tag license myth.
No. The content of the short courses we provide covers everything in the nationally accredited course plus some more.
No. There is no mandatory requirement for a technician have undertaken a Nationally Accredited (NA) course. (more info) . Here is a response from the desk of John Blackburn – Head Tutor and Course Writer
Some course providers promote the notion if you don’t undertake a NA course it can compromise your insurance coverage.
I am not aware of a single instance when a claim under a public liability or Workcover policy has been rejected or payouts reduced based solely on the technician not having undertaken a NA course.
My research indicates insurance providers and Worksafe are more interested in whether or not the technician followed the correct procedures as defined in the Standard AS/NZS 3760.
If there was a genuine issue about insurance claims then why do those offering a NA course also offer a non-accredited version of course? It doesn’t make sense.
So it’s fair to say “Myth Busted“.
During the 12 years I have been running a testing and tagging business I have never been refused access to a site or had any issue obtaining insurance based on the type of course I or any of my technicians have undertaken.
To perform testing and tagging you must meet the requirements of a competent person as defined in the Standard AS/NZS 3760. In short, this means you need to have an understanding of the application and requirements of the Standard and be able to correctly perform the required tasks. The recommended way to become a competent person is to attend a reputable test and tag course. Although the Standard does not require a competent person to be a registered or qualified electrical practitioner, some jurisdictions have specific requirements. Click here for information about QLD requirements.
The Standard is your key reference document for all your testing and tagging. It contains all the procedures and protocols you must adhere to whenever you test and tag an appliance. If all you have read is a handful of “cherry picked” extracts, it means you will be left with gaping holes in your minimum knowledge requirements and would be unable to meet one of the requirements of being a competent person – to have an understanding of the application and requirements of the Standard.
Therefore we strongly recommend you obtain a copy and familiarise yourself with it.. If you are doing the one day face-to-face course, we will have copies available to use on the day.
The quick answer is yes. You need to keep in mind that although completing this course will enable you to test and tag a wide range of appliances, it doesn’t cover the full range of skills and knowledge you will need to run a successful test and tag contracting business. However, this course is a great starting point for you to find out if testing and tagging is right for you. If you are serious about wanting to start your own business, let us know as we have access to a lot of knowledge and experience in this area that could be of value to you.
FACE-TO-FACE COURSE QUESTIONS
This is a course where the entire course is presented in a training room by a tutor. These are run on specific dates.
We understand your circumstances can change, often unexpectedly. If this happens, you can defer your course to another date subject to availability. A deferral fee may apply but we look at all requests on a case-by-case basis. The more notice you give us the easier it is to accommodate your request. The full details are found in the T&Cs (you’ll find a link on the registration form)
COMBO COURSE QUESTIONS
With this course the fundamental / theory components are done online and the practical skills sessions are done face-to-face in the training room. You will need to complete the online component prior to attending the practical skills sessions you booked in for when registering.
You will need access to a computer and a reliable internet connection so you can log-in and do the online component. You will also need access to a copy of AS/NZS 3760 (see Q&A on this)
ONLINE COURSE QUESTIONS
The content is the same as our face-to-face and combo short courses. The only difference is you do it all online.
To access the course content you will need access to:
- A computer / laptop
- A reliable internet connection
- A copy of AS/NZS 3760 – this will be referred to during the course (the importance of this standard will be explained during the course)
To practice the practical aspects you will need;
- An insulation / continuity meter or
- An automated PAT
- Class 1, Class 2 appliances, an extension lead and a powerboard.
At the end of Part 2 there is an online assessment you must complete. On successful completion you will receive an interim Certificate of Completion as evidence of completing the course.
You then have the option to do a 30 minute video session with your tutor via SKYPE. This session is included free of charge as part of your course.
You can use this session two ways
- To ask questions you might still have
- To do a formal assessment covering your practical skills by demonstrating how you would inspect and test a number of appliances.
On successful completion of this assessment you will receive a formal Certificate of Completion.
Full details of how to book this session and explaining the process will be provided when you finish all of Part 2.